Yogi Vemana – 17th century south Indian poet


Vemana (Teluguవేమన) was a great Telugu philosopher and poet. His poems were written in the popular vernacular of Telugu, and are known for their use of simple language and native idioms. His poems discuss the subjects of Yoga, wisdom and morality. He is popularly called Yogi Vemana, in recognition of his success in the path of Yoga.

” Variously ascribed to the 15th or 17th century, Vemana is clearly to the Telugus what Thiruvalluvar is to the Tamil people, and Sarvagna for Kannadigas ”

There are many poems written by Yogi Vemana, some of them are as follows: The poem will have total four lines. Fourth line is common across all poems.

These articles are collected by C.P. Brown 

Poem 1: People who find mistakes 

Telugu Script

”తప్పులెన్నువారు తండోపతండంబులు ర్విజనులకెల్లనుండు తప్పు
తప్పులెన్నువారు తమ తప్పులెరుగరు విశ్వదాభిరామ వినుర వేమ!”

English pronunciation

Tappulennuvaru Tandopatandambu
Lurvi janulakella nundu tappu
Tappu lennuvaru tamatappu lerugaru
Viswadhaabhiraama, Vinura Vema



English Meaning

There are many that find faults (with others) Every one in the world has faults The people who count faults do not know their own faults Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!


Poem 2: Salt and Camphor looks similar 

Telugu Script



English Pronunciation

Uppu Kappurambu nokka polika nundu
Chooda chooda ruchulu jaada veru
Purushulandu Punya purushulu veraya
Viswadhaabhiraama, Vinura Vema


Salt and camphor look similar,
but closer observation shows their taste is different
Among men, virtuous people stand apart
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema,


More details on Yogi Vemana (C.P.Brown)


More poems on youtube 

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